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Ms. Hilliard

Tyra Hilliard

Attorney, Tyra Hilliard, Esq.

Tyra Hilliard is an attorney, professor, and speaker. Her law practice focuses primarily on the relationship between hotels and meeting and event groups including group sales agreements, liability issues, intellectual property, and related issues. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Hilliard held management roles in hotels, travel, meetings and events, and catering. It was this diverse base of experience that launched both her law and academic careers. A firm believer in walking a mile in someone else's shoes, Ms. Hilliard is able to understand and commiserate with clients and students alike because she's been there. Serving on the faculty of the College of Coastal Georgia, Ms. Hilliard teaches courses in business and hospitality, including Hospitality & Entertainment Law, Hospitality Crisis Management, and Event Management. The co-author of a book on Event Project Management, Ms. Hilliard is also published and widely quoted on legal and crisis management issues in academic and industry publications. She is a guest blogger for the Meeting Professionals International/Plan Your Meetings blog. She has an active social media life (@DrMs. Hilliard) where she posts articles and resources related to crisis management and law in hospitality, meetings, and events (and things about her son). Ms. Hilliard has been honored for professional achievement as an Educator by the Professional Convention Management Association and received national recognition for her contributions to best practices initiatives with the Convention Industry Council and Meeting Professionals International. She is one of only two people in the world to have earned a PhD in Hospitality and the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation as well as being a practicing attorney.

Please visit http://www.tyrahilliard.com for more information.

Ms. Hilliard can be contacted at 912-506-8708 or tyra.hilliard@gmail.com

Coming up in February 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.